The Economy of British America, 1607-1789

John J. McCusker & Russell R. Menard
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Publisher: Omohundro Institute and University of North Carolina Press
Imprint: OIEAHC
Cloth/Hardcover Publication Date: 12/1985
Pages: 537
Paperback ISBN: 9780807843512
Paperback Publication Date: 12/1991
Ebook ISBN: 9781469600000


By the American Revolution, the farmers and city-dwellers of British America had achieved, individually and collectively, considerable prosperity. The nature and extent of that success are still unfolding. In this first comprehensive assessment of where research on prerevolutionary economy stands, what it seeks to achieve, and how it might best proceed, the authors discuss those areas in which traditional work remains to be done and address new possibilities for a ‘new economic history.’

About The Author

John J. McCusker, currently the Halsell Distinguished Professor of American History and Professor of Economics at Trinity University, is the author of several books, including Rum and the American Revolution and How Much Is That In Real Money?, and Money and Exchange in Europe and America, 1600-1775: A Handbook.

Russell R. Menard, professor of history at the University of Minnesota, is coauthor of Robert Cole’s World: Agriculture and Society in Early Maryland.


Honorable Mention, Distinguished Book Award, Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New York (1986 )

Choice Outstanding Academic Title (1986)


“An indispensable volume.”Choice

“Few studies in any field of American history more successfully define the frontiers of future research.”–Stuart Bruchey, Columbia University

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